Sep 12, 2012 12:00pm EDT
as the american consulate came under attack in benghazi. u.s. officials confirm stevens, information officer shawn smith and two other americans were killed as they tried to evacuate staff members from the complex. >> make no mistake, we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> reporter: gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the consulate overnight. the mob of mostly conservative muslims was protesting an american made film that they believe insults islam's prophet muhammad. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths. >> reporter: stevens was a career diplomat who had already served to hours in lybia. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant. then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: the unrest started in cairo, egypt where demonstrators scaled the wall of the u.s. embassy and tore down the american flag all in the name of religion. republican white house hopeful mitt romney accused the obama administration of sending mixed signals about condemning the attacks. >> possibly the
Sep 14, 2012 5:00pm EDT
smith, glenn doherty and tyrone woods. the four men were killed when the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya came under attack tuesday. >> today we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. >> reporter: the obama administration is pushing back against a british newspaper report that the state department had credible information about the benghazi attack 48 hours before it happened. >> the story is absolutely wrong. we were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi was planned or imminent. >> reporter: violent demonstrations against the anti- islam film spread across the muslim world friday. protesters breached the grounds of the u.s. embassies in tunisia and the sudan with angry mobs ripping down the american flag and replacing it with the black flag of muslim extremists. reports out of that region are saying a handful of demonstrators have died in those violent protests in tunisia and the sudan. at the state department danielle nottingham, derek, back to you. >> thank you. we ought to note
Sep 12, 2012 6:00am EDT
on u.s. missions in that region. >> the attacks happened in benghazi, libya and cairo, egypt. the attacks are being blamed on a california man and his films. >> americans want to say something bad about prophet mohammad. >> reporter: in cairo, egypt, demonstrators scaled the walls of the u.s. embassy tearing down the american flag and replacing it with an islamic banner. [indiscernible] >> reporter: those behind the attacks blame an american film they say ridicules the islamic prophet mohammad. >> they make our people angry because they will kill, they will fight, they will do such a situation. >> reporter: in response the u.s. embassy in egypt issued a statement saying, it condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims. in a statement secretary of state hillary clinton said, let me be clear, there is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. but it was a statement from the embassy in egypt that set off a political firestorm between the obama and romney campaigns. mitt romney responded in a statement saying, it'